OLYMPICS

Park City’s Cole McDonald qualifies 5th in freestyle run 

Feb 4, 2022, 6:03 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 3:55 pm
Cole McDonald says he finally feels comfortable in the company of the world's best skiers. (KSL TV)...
Cole McDonald says he finally feels comfortable in the company of the world's best skiers. (KSL TV)
(KSL TV)

BEIJING – Park City’s Cole McDonald is already having the time of his life in his first Olympics this week in Beijing. 

The 18-year-old always dreamed of being in the Olympics since many of his childhood heroes are freestyle skiers. He just never thought he would be skiing next to them so soon at an Olympics. 

Moguls could be described as a controlled fall down a mountain with plenty of bumps and jumps along the way.  

McDonald said he feels like he hasn’t even landed yet. “Yeah, I mean, it’s such a long year. Making my first World Cup at the end of the last year and coming all the way to the Olympics, it’s been a long way and a long journey.” 

He still can’t believe he is in the Olympics. “I didn’t even expect it. I was just expecting to make one world cup this year and call it a great season.” 

Instead, it’s been a dream season for McDonald.  

He started skiing moguls when his mother signed him up with the Wasatch Freestyle Team at seven years old to give him something to do.  

“Once you start young, they can work you all the way up and have programs for every age, every skill set, and it’s just, like an amazing program,” he said. 

Turns out, he was really good at it and developed into a Junior National Champion.  

And now, the Beijing Olympics where he admits he’s still feeling his way. 

He knows he belongs. “Yeah, definitely. It’s been a big thing for me this season, gaining confidence and getting that feeling that I truly belong out here with the rest of these guys.” 

He still checks in with his mom in Park City who may be more excited than he is.  

“I know there’s going to be a watch party going on at my house,” he said. “My Mom, I know she’s thrilled. She’s call me every single day.” 

And there’s no doubt his mom is very happy.  

McDonald qualified in 5th place which was good enough to earn a spot in the men’s finals which happen later today up in the Mountains near Beijing. 

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Olympics

...
Shelby Lofton

Group aims to greatly reduce homelessness in SLC before Olympics potentially returns

While we wait to find out if Salt Lake City will win the bid for an upcoming Winter Olympics, one group wants to solve an issue plaguing the area before the Games' potential return.
1 month ago
(KSL TV)...
Alex Cabrero

Speedskaters prepare for 2026 Olympics

From the gridiron to the Olympic Oval. A group of elite athletes aren't wasting any time gearing up for their next chance to win Olympic Gold.
2 months ago
(KSL TV)...
Andrew Adams

NASCAR drivers team with Olympians for unique Park City experience

Some big names from the world of racing converged on Park City Wednesday to team up with Olympians for a unique, "whirlwind" experience.
3 months ago
FILE: PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn of the United States at...
Matt Rascon, KSL TV

Bid for SLC Olympics gets boost from Lindsey Vonn at meeting in Switzerland

The bid to bring the Olympics back to the state got a boost Wednesday, as Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn joined officials for a meeting with the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland.
4 months ago
ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 18: Gold medallist Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China poses with their me...
Michael Houck, KSL TV

Olympic Champion Eileen Gu will represent Salt Lake City for Olympic bid

Olympic athlete Eilee Gu will serve as the global ambassador for Salt Lake City's bid to host either the 2030 or 2034 Winter Games.
4 months ago
Utah team in Special Olympics...
Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Wasatch represents Utah at National Special Olympics with cheers, fun

The Wasatch High School Unified Basketball team competed Tuesday at the National Special Olympics in Orlando. One of the athletes had everyone cheering her on, even though she didn't make a single basket.
4 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
Park City’s Cole McDonald qualifies 5th in freestyle run